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Britain considers 75,000 EU immigration cap: Report

Published on Dec 15, 2013 1:36 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Britain is considering capping the number of EU migrants entering the country at 75,000 people a year, The Sunday Times newspaper said, citing a leaked government report.

The interior ministry paper suggested net migration from the European Union could be cut by 30,000 from the current 106,000 a year figure.

Prime Minister David Cameron wants to get overall net migration below 100,000 a year, and shake up Britain's relations with Brussels, first renegotiating powers then staging an in-or-out referendum in 2017 based on the new settlement.

The Home Office document on the EU's fundamental free movement of people principle suggests high-skilled migrants from countries like Germany and the Netherlands could only move to Britain with a firm job offer.

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